1 November 2014
Chief of the New Zealand Defence Force, Lieutenant General Tim Keating, is heading to the annual Pacific Chiefs of Defence Service conference (PAC CHODs) in Brunei over the period 3-6 November.
This year’s conference is themed around multilateralism and practical co-operation and will be attended by the military heads from 26 Pacific and Asian states.
Sessions at the conference include presentations on overcoming the limitations of multilateralism; the roles of armed forces responding to new and emerging security challenges; and military operations other than war.
“International military diplomacy is an important contribution our Defence Force makes to NZ-Inc, by maintaining and strengthening New Zealand’s network of relationships with overseas friends and partners,” says LTGEN Keating.
Countries confirmed or who have indicated they are likely to attend include: Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Chile, China, France, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Tonga, United Kingdom, United States, and Vietnam.
Prior to attendance at PAC CHODS, LTGEN Keating had accompanied the Prime Minister, Minister of Defence and Minister of Veterans’ Affairs at the World War I commemorations in Albany, Australia.